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Tesla aiming to build 6,000 Model 3 cars per week by end-June

Musk says Tesla to build 6,000 cars per week by end of june

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Tesla To Retire Lowest-Priced Versions Of Its Model S, X Vehicles. Pixabay

Chief Executive of the electric car maker Tesla Elon Musk has said that the company will now build Model 3 sedan round the clock until the end of June to produce 6,000 cars per week.

The announcement comes a day after Tesla temporarily suspended its Model 3 assembly line as the firm struggled to deliver on targets.

The company said the move was a planned production pause of up to five days. It is the second time since February that Tesla has halted its production line for the Model 3 at its Fremont, California plant.

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Tesla would add “400 people per week for several weeks” to meet the new target and the production would be done at its Fremont, California factory, for 24 hours a day in order to meet the goal, The Verge cited news website Jalopnik late on Tuesday.

According to Musk, Tesla needs to make 6,000 Model 3 per week by the end of June — an increase of the company’s previous target of 5,000 per week.

“The reason for the new target is that 5,000 Model 3s per week leaves the company with ‘no margin for error’ across the company’s manufacturing process and supply chain. Actual production will move as fast as the least lucky and least well-executed part of the entire Tesla production/supply chain system,” Musk was quoted as saying.

Musk said the halt of the production line at the Gigafactory and Fremont would let the company use this time to perform a “comprehensive set of upgrades” that will allow it to get to production rates of 3,000 to 4,000 per week in May.

The shutdown took Tesla staff at the plant by surprise, forcing them to use vacation days or stay at home without pay, according to BuzzFeed.

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Musk recently admitted that “excessive automation” at the Tesla plant had contributed to what he calls “manufacturing hell” and had actually slowed down manufacturing of the crucial mass-market model.

The electric car firm has repeatedly missed targets and was now been trying to reach a production volume of 2,500 vehicles per week.

Musk recently said Tesla was managing to make 2,000 Model 3 sedan a week but failed to assuage doubts about the company reaching its 5,000-a-week target in three months time.  IANS

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Tesla To Retire Lowest-Range Versions of its Model S, X Vehicles

The price for a new Model S will start at $94,000 and the starting price for a Model X will be $97,000 from next week, according to Musk's tweet-announcement

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Tesla To Retire Lowest-Priced Versions Of Its Model S, X Vehicles. Pixabay

Tesla will stop selling the lowest-range versions of its Model S sedans and Model X SUVs from Monday, the electric car maker’s CEO Elon Musk said. “Starting on Monday, Tesla will no longer be taking orders for the 75 kWh version of the Model S & X,” Musk revealed in a tweet on Wednesday, while asking people interested in buying those vehicles to place their orders latest by Sunday.

Higher-end versions of the S and X, equipped with a 100 kWh battery, will still be made and sold by Tesla, but at a higher price, CNBC reported, adding that Tesla did not respond to inquires as to why the S and X offerings were pared back.

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Musk lays foundation of first Tesla plant in China. (VOA)

The price for a new Model S will start at $94,000 and the starting price for a Model X will be $97,000 from next week, according to Musk’s tweet-announcement. The Model S and X are Tesla’s second and third major lines of electric vehicles, and are higher-priced lines compared to its newest Model 3, the report said. Tesla is taking steps to start Model 3 production in China.

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Earlier this week, Musk laid the foundation of a Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai — the first-ever outside the US — that is expected to produce 500,000 electric vehicles per year and double the production capacity of Tesla. “Aiming to finish initial construction this summer, start Model 3 production end of year & reach high volume production next year,” Musk had tweeted, adding that “Shanghai Giga production of Model 3/Y will serve greater China region”. (IANS)